Team GB equestrian team picked for Rio Olympics

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The British Olympic Association has announced the 12-rider team for Team GB in the three equestrian disciplines of Eventing, Dressage and Show-Jumping at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.Three-time Olympic medallist William Fox-Pitt with Chilli Morning will take part in the Eventing team along with Kitty King riding Ceylor L A N and Izzy Taylor on Allercombe Ellie.  Gemma Tattersall completes the team on Chico Bella P or Quicklook V.In the Dressage team, reigning World, European and Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin will compete on Valegro with Carl Hester with Nip Tuck.The Dressage team will be completed by 2015 European team silver medallist Fiona Bigwood on Atterupgaards Orthilia and Spencer Wilton on Super Nova II. In the show-jumping team, London 2012 gold medallists Nick Skelton and Ben Maher returning on Big Star and Tic Tac have been selected.Los Angeles 1984 jumping team silver medallist John Whitaker, who’s set to feature in his sixth Olympic Games, will compete on Ornellaia while younger brother Michael, who heads to his fifth Olympics – who also won silver at LA 1984 – will compete om Cassionato.The paradressage will be selected on 17 July.www.britishshowjumping.co.uk (MC)

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